ICC to take call on World Cup venue for Pakistan's women players, says BCCI

The eight-team Women's World Cup is scheduled to be held entirely in Mumbai between January 31 and February 17 and there is concern that there might be protests, leading to trouble.

Updated: January 15, 2013 17:16 IST
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Mumbai: Fearing trouble due to Pakistani players' presence in the upcoming Women's World Cup in the city, the BCCI has left it on the International Cricket Council to take a final call on the venues for the team from across the border.

The matter was discussed at the Board's all-powerful Working Committee and it was decided to convey to the ICC the situation prevailing in the country.

BCCI President N Srinivasan said the issue was now for the ICC to decide.

"We have informed the ICC about it. They will have to examine and take a view," he said after the meeting.

Rising tension at the LoC, after Pakistan's violation of the ceasefire, has led to protests by Shiv Sena against the Pakistani players' participation in the ongoing Hockey India League, prompting the Mumbai franchise to send back its Pakistani recruits.

The eight-team Women's World Cup is scheduled to be held entirely in Mumbai between January 31 and February 17 and there is concern that protests might lead to trouble.

The Wankhede Stadium, Cricket Club of India's Brabourne Stadium, the Mumbai Cricket Association's Bandra Kurla Complex ground and the MIG Club in Bandra are the venues for the women's World Cup matches.

The BCCI decided that the best course of action would be to apprise the ICC of the security concerns that have been raised by the Mumbai Cricket Association.

"Logistically, it would be tough to change the venue. But it is for the ICC to decide because they are the ones who picked the venue in the first place," an official said.

As per the schedule, Pakistan are set to arrive here on January 26 and will play their league games at the MCA-Bandra Kurla complex.

The Working Committee also decided that Chennai will be the venue for the IPL players' auction to be held on February 3.

In other decisions, the Board will seek a clarification from the High Court on the order related to former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin. The court had called the life ban on him for match-fixing "illegal".

"We will seek a clarification from the Andhra Pradesh High Court on exactly what the order meant. We will take a decision on Azhar only after that," the official said.

The BCCI has also decided to resume the Rohinton Baria Inter-University Tournament.

"We have given the approval for the tournament to resume so that the talent at the university level is spotted and groomed. The Association of Universities will conduct the tournament."

The Working Committee also discussed the dispute between the Rajasthan Cricket Association and the Government Sports Council which has cast a shadow on the IPL matches in Jaipur.

"It was decided that IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla will talk to the concerned parties and try to sort out the issue before the next edition of the IPL. In case, the stalemate persists, Ahmedabad and some other venues could be considered to host matches involving Rajasthan Royals," the official said.

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